The Department of Geoscience offers merit-based graduate assistantships. All admitted graduate students are eligible for assistantships.
M.S. students may hold an assistantship for two academic years and Ph.D. students for up to four. In order to retain their appointments from semester to semester, students must perform satisfactorily in the assistantship and must continue to make satisfactory progress toward completion of their degrees. Students who begin graduate study without an assistantship may become eligible for one as appointments become available.
Students must demonstrate proficiency in English before they can be considered for a teaching assistantship. Teaching assistants are evaluated each semester for teaching proficiency and communication skills, through student evaluations and observation by a supervising instructor. Research assistantships are typically funded by individual faculty grants; they vary depending on the nature of the funded project. Duties often involve activities such as sample collection and preparation; collection, analysis, and interpretation of analytical or measurement data; preparation of maps and diagrams; and assistance with fieldwork.
Outstanding students who are entering their first year of graduate school and are enrolled in doctoral programs may apply for a Presidential Graduate Fellowship, which provides three academic years and all summers without formal work assignments, freeing students to pursue their own research.
The department also awards a significant number of tuition scholarships based on merit.
In addition to the eligibility requirements outlined above, students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English before being considered for a Teaching Assistantship. Applicants whose primary language is English can establish proficiency by (1) having a minimum score of 500 on the verbal GRE test, (2) having appropriate comments concerning English proficiency included in letters of recommendation, or (3) being interviewed by a member of the Graduate Admissions Committee. Applicants whose primary language is not English (e.g., applicants from countries where English is not a primary language) can establish proficiency by taking a test of oral English proficiency offered by the University.
Teaching Assistants are evaluated every semester for teaching proficiency and communication skills by compiling student evaluations and observation by a supervising instructor. Recommendations for enhancing these skills or reassignment may be made based on these evaluations.
Teaching assistants are responsible for teaching lab and discussion sections in the following courses:
· 12:003 Earth History and Resources
· 12:004 Evolution and History of Life
· 12:005 Introduction to Geology
· 12:008 Introduction to Environmental Science
· 12:041 Mineralogy
· 12:052 Petrology
· 12:092 Structural Geology
· 12:093 Geologic Field Methods
· 12:102 Earth Surface Processes
· 12:110 Introduction to Remote Sensing
· 12:121 Principles of Paleontology
· 12:153 Geocomputing
· 12:166 Hydrogeology
In addition, advanced students have the opportunity to teach 12:003 Earth History and Resources and 12:008 Introduction to Environmental Science during the summer session.
Research assistantships are typically funded by faculty grants, and vary depending on the nature of the funded project. Duties often involve activities such as: sample collection and preparation; collection, analysis, and interpretation of analytical or measurement data; preparation of maps and diagrams; and assistance with fieldwork.
Fellowships and Scholarships
Outstanding students entering their first year of graduate school and enrolled in doctoral programs may apply for Iowa Fellowships. These fellowships carry a minimum stipend of $17,500 plus full tuition for four years on a 12-month basis. For two of the four years and all summers, recipients have no assignments and are free to pursue their own research.
Departmental Tuition Scholarships
In addition to out-of-state tuition adjustments, the Department also awards a significant number of tuition scholarships based on merit.
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